The Today Show Gals Get Some Afternoon Delight in Madison County

first_imgField trip! Today anchors Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall have worked a full day before most of us have even eaten lunch—so after bringing news to the nation, the ladies of Today spent the afternoon at the Schoenfeld Theatre, witnessing the sweeping romance of The Bridges of Madison County. After seeing Jason Robert Brown’s new musical unfold, the ladies got a backstage tour from the show’s stars, Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale. The Today show hosts are all smiles in this Hot Shot, but we’re willing to bet they were wiping away tears during the emotional adaptation. Check out a snapshot of their visit, then see Bridges on Broadway! View Comments The Bridges of Madison County Related Shows Kelli O’Haracenter_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014 Steven Pasqualelast_img read more

Local musical talents amaze in new TV series

first_imgTalented musicians and dancers of Donegal will be in centre-focus when a new TV series presented by Caitlín Nic Aoidh begins this week.The Cloughaneely native hosts Féilte on TG4, a music show which celebrates talented musicians from Ireland’s Gaeltacht regions, including two in Donegal.Caitlín begins the show on Thursday 6th July (8.30pm) in her home county in Gaoth Dobhair and gave Donegal Woman a preview of what musical gems are coming to our screens. There’s something for everyone on Féilte, Caitlín says, and we’re going to see a lively mix of performers.“The first episode of the season will be in Teach Hiúdaí Beag in Gaoth Dobhair and we’ll have the amazingly talented Emma Ní Fhíoruisce singing her own song. “We’ll have the band ‘An Crann Óg’ performing a few tunes for us, Clíodhna Ní Ghallchóir singing a sean nós song and viral jiving sensation Megan Ó Rodaigh from Falcarrach giving us a few steps,” Caitlín said. An Crann Óg i nGaoth Dobhair. Féilte – TG4Another Donegal-based episode later in this nine episode run of Féilte will come from Glencolmcille. Caitlín most enjoyed meeting so many interesting people as she travelled around Ireland.“I love getting to meet all the musicians and dancers along the way. They’ve all really interesting stories. Being on the road with the Riverside Television crew is so much fun. They’re all a great laugh and they slag in true Donegal style!”The future looks bright for local gifted artists, according to Caitlin, who said she ‘absolutely loved’ showcasing Donegal and its many talented musicians.“Donegal is home to so many talented musicians and after filming two shows in Donegal, I know the tradition is still very much alive and I can see the musicians getting far in the music industry,” she said.Féilte airs on TG4 on Thursday 6th July at 8.30pm Local musical talents amaze in new TV series was last modified: July 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We must learn from MaSisulu: Zuma

first_img13 June 2011South Africans should learn from Albertina Sisulu the need to continue promoting non-racialism, social cohesion and inclusiveness in the country, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.“Having been part of the drawing up of the Freedom Charter in 1955, Mama participated in the cementing of the seeds of non-racialism in our country and in the congress movement,” Zuma said in his address to mourners at the late struggle stalwart’s funeral in Johannesburg.It was through people like MaSisulu that the clause “South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white”, later found its way into the country’s Constitution, making it the responsibility of every South African to promote non-racialism, social cohesion and unity.Zuma further urged young South Africans to learn from Mama Sisulu “the values of respect for the next person, selflessness, patriotism and commitment to making this country a better place.“Our youth must strive for excellence and progress so that they can be rightful beneficiaries of Mama Sisulu’s legacy and that of all the heroes of the South African national democratic revolution,” he said.He went on to say that it was heartening that the nation bade farewell to Sisulu on the first anniversary of the start of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.“On this day last year, the country displayed what Mama Sisulu had been striving for all her life … We witnessed unprecedented explosions of patriotism and endless national celebrations. We all felt very proud to be South Africans, and we have no doubt that as a nation, we made our mother very proud as well.”Zuma said South Africa will always remember Mama Sisulu’s love of children, her commitment in ensuring the inclusion of children’s rights in the country’s Constitution.“It is not surprising that she took a keen interest in children’s health, and promoted the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Unit at a Johannesburg hospital.“Indeed, there are many lessons that this wise and wonderful stalwart has left for us. She taught us to rise above political differences and focus on the good of the country and its people.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Sub-Saharan Africa’s middle class set to boom

first_img21 August 2014While Africa’s middle class may be smaller than the oft-reported figure of 300-million, it is growing at a strong rate – and the broad-based income growth is likely to encourage more companies to invest in the region, according to a report released by Standard Bank this week.There are 15-million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s top economies this year, up from 4.6-million in 2000 and 2.4-million in 1990, the report states. This represents an increase of 230% over 14 years.The report, titled “Understanding Africa’s middle class”, found that the combined GDPs of the 11 measured economies – Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia – had grown tenfold since 2000.DiscrepanciesIncome discrepancies, however, are vast among the 11 economies, with almost 86% of the 110-million households falling within the low-income band. This is expected to fall to around 75% by 2030.“While the scale of Africa’s middle-class ascent has, we believe, been somewhat exaggerated in line with the at times breathless ‘Africa Rising’ narrative, there is still plenty of scope for measured optimism regarding the size of the middle class in several key Sub-Saharan Africa economies,” said Simon Freemantle, an economist at Standard Bank.The study used the Living Standards Measure (LSM), a South African methodology based on a wider range of analysis than income alone. Under the LSM, households with an annual consumption of under US$5 500 are classified in the low-income band, while households that consume between $5 500 and $42 000 a year are classified as lower-middle, middle, and upper-middle classes.OptimismFreemantle said there was cause for optimism among investors as the results suggest even greater scope for future growth. The number of middle-class households in the sub-Saharan African countries is likely to increase significantly in the next 15 years.“Including lower-middle-class households, the overall number swells to over 40-million households by 2030, from around 15-million today,” the report says.The 11 countries covered by the report account for half Africa’s total GDP (75% if South Africa is excluded) and half its population.The figure of 300-million middle-class Africans – one-third of Africa’s people – comes from a study by the African Development Bank in 2011, which defined “middle class” as earning between $4 and $20 a day.“Such individuals would still be exceptionally vulnerable to various economic shocks, and prone to lose their middle-income status,” Freemantle said.‘Consumer potential’The report found there was “an undeniable swelling” of Africa’s middle class, irrespective of which methodology was used.“Reliable and proven data should if anything spur more interest in the continent’s consumer potential by adding depth to what was previously conjecture,” said Freemantle.As a caution, the report states: “Though there has been a meaningful individual lift in income, it is clear that a substantial majority of individuals in most countries we looked at still live on or below the poverty line (measured as those with a daily income of USD2 or less).”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more